The luck of the Irish and St. Patrick’s Day are some things that may come to mind when thinking about Dublin, or Ireland in general. However, there is a lot more to Dublin than these popular notions. Visiting a city that makes it simple to navigate, easy to find affordable accommodation, and has lots of fun activities and festivals makes Dublin an ideal destination for all types of travelers!
Keeping Busy in Dublin
There is no shortage of things to do in Dublin, whether you visit the Dublin Castle, explore the city’s many cathedrals, or take advantage of the lively pub scene. There is always live music going on around the city, making for a perfect way to enjoy that pint of Guinness. For the history buffs, there are plenty of historical buildings, sites, and other attractions for you to discover.
Transportation To and From the Airport
Figuring out the best transportation methods when visiting a foreign city can be intimidating. Especially after a long flight, it can be just plain tiring. Even when you do research beforehand, it can sometimes seem overwhelming once you actually arrive at your destination. Thankfully, the city of Dublin makes it easy for visitors to quickly get around whether they are coming from the airport or are simply trying to get around within the heart of the city.
At just 10 kilometers away from Dublin’s city center, the Dublin Airport is conveniently located so you can always find a route to your desired destination. For just €7, you can catch a ride with Aircoach, one of Ireland’s top private bus and coach operators and arrive at the city center within 20 to 30 minutes, depending on what part of the city you are headed to. For an added perk, you’ll also be able to use the free Wi-Fi on board if you need to check in with family or friends, or if you would just like to surf the web.
The Best of Dublin’s Hotels
Where you stay when traveling can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your trip. stay at one of Dublin’s many high rated hotels. Hotels in Dublin can range from very cheap to very expensive, so there are options for you no matter your budget.
I’ve stayed at both The Morgan boutique hotel and Temple Bar Hotel, which are right in the heart of the (tourist) action. They’re not the cheapest options, but they are on the lower end for their location and you can occasionally get a really great deal depending on the time of year. Keep in mind, both of these can get quite noisy into the night because they are situated along a very busy pub street. So you may want to look a litter farther out if that’s not your scene.
The stylish Ariel House is a charming guesthouse option with affordable rates. For a similar price and more of a traditional bed and breakfast just a few blocks from St. Stephen’s Green you can check out the Waterloo House. Finally, if you prefer contemporary comfort right in the heart of all Dublin’s action you can opt for the Trinity City Hotel. If you book early enough, check out some of Dublin’s Airbnb options as well (use that link for $40 your first stay!).
Experience the best of Dublin for yourself. Relish in all that Dublin has to offer and take your next trip to this energetic and historical Irish city!